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Community Mental Health Nurse - MHSOP

Band 6

Main area
Older Peoples Mental Health
Band 6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (09.00 to 17.00)
Job ref
Oxford House, London Road, Bishops Stortford, CM23 3LA
Bishops Stortford
£33,706 - £40,588 per annum
Salary period
07/02/2023 23:59

Values Based Screener

At Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation Trust we are looking for people to join us who share our values and those of the NHS. Before your application can be considered please take part on our online values questionnaire, which you can find below. When you have finished you will be sent a 'completion code' by email, which will be valid for 6 months and required to submit your application form.


Job overview

We have an exciting opportunity for a mental health nurse to take up a full time position with the Community Mental Health Older Adult Services  in East Hertfordshire.    As a multi-disciplinary team we provide holistic assessment and treatment pathways for older adults, and people with mental health and frailty needs.   Our service provides seamless pathways between primary care and secondary care services for people with functional mental illness, and dementia.  

We are looking for a dynamic nurse who is passionate about the care of our older adult service users.   We consider transferable skills from other areas of mental health services as valuable and a positive contribution to a well-rounded team.

We cover the East locality of Hertfordshire, and our bases are Oxford House, Bishops Stortford, and Rosanne House, Welwyn Garden City.

This post is to cover the Bishop's Stortford and surrounding area locality, with  flexibility to support other areas of the East locality if needed. 

As a team, we can offer multi-disciplinary support from Clinical Psychologists, Consultant Psychiatrists, Occupational Therapists, Social Workers, as well as Mental Health Nurses. We also provide regular CPD sessions, reflective practice, staff support sessions, individual and group supervisions, and academic training, as well as access to external training resources.   

Main duties of the job

The post holder is required to take responsibility for the assessment of care needs, the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care and the setting of standards of care and management of a defined caseload, including liaison with other agencies and, where appropriate, the supervision, development and teaching of staff and/or students. The post holder will act as care co-ordinator to a case load of service users, ensuring the care plan is met at all times. To work as a member of the multi-disciplinary team.

As a staff member you are representatives of Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) and play a vital role in fostering positive relationships and communication between the Mental Health Trust and not only the service users and their carers and relatives, but also other agencies, charities and providers.

All staff should comply with the Trust’s Anti-Discriminatory Statement, Employee Charter, Trust Policies and Procedures, Code of Conduct and Equality and Diversity. 

The successful candidate will receive up to £120 towards their registration fee, which will be paid upon commencement. This payment will be subject to tax and national insurance deductions. 

Working for our organisation

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of ‘Outstanding’ from the Care Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Then please read on…

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The post holder will:
• Be responsible for the full assessment of care needs and risk assessment of service users presenting with a wide variety of clinical conditions. Following this
the post holder will be responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care, without direct supervision (though
clinical supervision is implemented as per policy to support you).
• To be named care coordinator, and act accordingly when applying care.
• To manage one self in a professional manner, responding to requests, enquiries etc in a timely fashion.
• To respond to any crisis that a service user may advise of, with the aim
of promoting independent living in the community
• Work with the philosophy to support service users to remain in their own home.
• Administer and/ or supervise medications as required. To have a sound
knowledge of medications and their desired and undesired effects,
• Be required to provide education, advise and guidance to service users and their carers and families.
• Provide a range of clinical interventions and treatments appropriate to
the individuals needs.
• Participate fully in providing quality care in line with local and national guidelines.
• Act as a role model in providing a service for people with mental health problems.
• Participate in audit/research projects associated with the service.
• Be required to challenge practice that compromises or challenges high quality care to older people
• To advise Team Manager of any resource short falls.
• To partake in continuing professional development that will also benefit the evelopment and quality of the service.
• Remain updated with local and national guidelines and policies.
• Partake in home visits with other professionals such as Consultant Psychiatrist, Specialty Doctors, Social Workers etc
• Partake in clinical and management supervision 

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Registered Mental Health Nurse
  • Mentorship qualification
Desirable criteria
  • AMHP (or willingness to undertake training)


Essential criteria
  • Experience of multidisciplinary team working
  • A minimum of two years post registration experience, one of which within older people’s mental health services
  • Up to date clinical knowledge.
  • Knowledge of legislation related to mental health and social care (e.g. Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act, National Service Framework, National Dementia Strategy, Care Programme Approach etc
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of: 1) ward based nursing 2) community based nursing 3) working with enduring mental health clients 4) working with older adults with mental health conditions
  • Experience of managing other staff
  • Supervisor skills.


Essential criteria
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to feedback to multidisciplinary team.
  • Excellent documentation of duties performed.
  • Organisational skills.
  • Initiative. Care Coordination
  • High degree of literacy.
  • Ability to balance safety/ risk.
  • Good IT skills
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of using electronic patient notes.
  • Report writing skills


Essential criteria
  • Able to manage day to day issues.
  • Be aware of own limitations.
  • Believe in and promote strategy and philosophy of service
  • Good range of information gathering skills.
  • Ability to assess and manage risks
Desirable criteria
  • Understand the importance of other agencies in making project work
  • Good range of problem solving skills.

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Trust IDMenopause Friendly EmployerMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Age positiveDisability confident employerCare quality commission - OutstandingStonewall equality policy. Equality and justice for lesbians, gay men, bisexual and trans people.

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

Apply online now

Further details / informal visits contact

Nancy Nyamande
Job title
Deputy Team Manager
Email address
Telephone number
01707 364003